Former Ole Miss Football Player Speaking at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas

From our friends at Donnelly College: Richie Contartesi, motivational speaker and #1 Best Selling author, will be speaking to Donnelly students about overcoming obstacles and pursuing their dreams on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 10:40 AM in the Donnelly College Event Center.

As an ordinary teen athlete of 5'7 and 155 pounds, Contartesi set his sights on accomplishing a lifelong dream of playing college football. Starting as a walk-on, and eventually earning a full Division I scholarship to the University of Mississippi "Ole Miss," he met his goal and took it a step farther by becoming a professional athlete.

Now as a motivational speaker, Contartesi talks with youth and young adults about overcoming their own challenges in life, such as depression and suicide, bullying and drug and alcohol abuse.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Seating is limited.